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{"83865":"Dusk in January is a perfect time to look and listen for Great Horned Owls, often heard calling throughout the Arboretum\u2019s collections. Join Horticulturist Brendan Keegan and Zoo New England's Matthew Kamm to hear about the owls' breeding and nesting behavior, learn how to go owling ethically, and possibly hear and see a few owls as well. ","83884":"Take in the sights and sounds of the arboretum under the light of a full moon. Facilitator Bob Linscott will lead the group through some mindfulness in nature practices as we meander along the paved road to our final nighttime viewing location on top of Bussey Hill.","83916":"Make beautiful seasonal cards and prints using the alternative photography method known as Cyanotype. Participants will collect leaves and seeds in the landscape and arrange them on special paper to create a deep blue print with bright, ghost-white silhouettes. This historic photography method, otherwise known as blueprints (sunprints), is one of the earliest forms of photography, and offers participants the ability to perform something that seems like magic.","83926":"Join us for a winter foraging walk to learn what wild plants can be foraged and brewed into tea. Visit some of the Arboretum's tastiest winter plants, from sweet birch and sweet fern to sassafras and spicebush. You may even get to taste some of the teas yourself! Led by Manager of Adult Programming and Events Sarah Nechamen and Horticulturist Brendan Keegan.","83936":"Hundreds of mushrooms hide beneath the Arboretum\u2019s canopies, silently blossoming into unique forms then withering away again just as quickly. Join local mushroom enthusiast Maria Pinto to search for these fascinating organisms on the Arboretum grounds, both edible and poisonous alike. Along the way you will learn what mushrooms to look for in different habitats and seasons, how they move through ecosystems, and what the Arboretum\u2019s unique collections affect what mushrooms you might find here.\u00a0\u00a0","83945":"Did you know that flowers bloom at the Arboretum even in the depths of winter? Witch-hazels bloom in vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows across the landscape, giving a beautiful pop of color amidst the winter greys and whites. Join us on a tour and be ready to step off the path to admire the flowers of our native witch-hazels, as well as those from China and Japan.","83978":"Did you know that flowers bloom at the Arboretum even in the depths of winter? Witch-hazels bloom in vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows across the landscape, giving a beautiful pop of color amidst the winter greys and whites. Join us on a tour and be ready to step off the path to admire the flowers of our native witch-hazels, as well as those from China and Japan.","83993":"Did you know that flowers bloom at the Arboretum even in the depths of winter? Witch-hazels bloom in vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows across the landscape, giving a beautiful pop of color amidst the winter greys and whites. Join us on a tour and be ready to step off the path to admire the flowers of our native witch-hazels, as well as those from China and Japan.","83999":"Did you know that flowers bloom at the Arboretum even in the depths of winter? Witch-hazels bloom in vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows across the landscape, giving a beautiful pop of color amidst the winter greys and whites. Join us on a tour and be ready to step off the path to admire the flowers of our native witch-hazels, as well as those from China and Japan.","84013":"Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the father of landscape architecture, designed some 500 public spaces in North America. The Arnold Arboretum, the only arboretum he designed, is a National Historic Landmark and a model for others around the world. Arboretum docent, Bill Beizer, will identify the elements of the Arnold Arboretum that best reflect Olmsted's philosophy and approach to landscape design.","84025":"What is there to see at the Arboretum after all of the leaves have fallen and before spring flowers start to bloom? Bark! Shaggy bark, mottled bark, striped bark: the Arboretum has it all. Join Horticulturist Rachel Lawlor to see some beautiful bark highlights, learn how to identify some trees by their bark, and learn why that bark looks the way it does.\u00a0","84041":"With mating season just getting started, February is one of the best times to see signs of the Arboretum's resident coyote population. Join Horticulturist and wildlife enthusiast Brendan Keegan to look for coyote tracks and scat, check our trail cameras, and find out why all these coyotes are in Boston in the first place.\u00a0","84062":"","84080":"","84100":"What is a conifer, exactly? How is it different from an evergreen, or a gymnosperm? Join docent Paul Eldrenkamp as he leads us through the different types of conifers and how to identify them, the reasons behind their distinctive needle-like forms, and their rise and fall in evolutionary history.","84114":"How exactly are you supposed to prune that hydrangea shrub in your backyard? Join Horticulturist Ryan Devlin for this practical workshop to find out what kinds of cuts to make and where, so that you can make sure your shrubs and vines are looking their best going into the next growing season.","84136":"Winter can feel like one of the hardest times to identify trees, with most of their characteristic leaves and flowers gone for the season. But with help from experienced horticulturist and plant science teacher Nicole Forsyth, you can start identifying common winter trees from the woods and streets of Massachusetts based only on their bark, buds, twigs, and persistent fruit. This class will begin indoors with a presentation in the lecture hall, and then move outside for some identification practice in the landscape.","84148":"The Many Moods of the Arboretum is a series of digital photographs taken across the Arboretum over the last 10 years. These images were captured in a sequence of still images and then stitched together into panoramas, showing the full breadth of the landscape better than a single square image ever could. This exhibition captures the beauty and uniqueness of Arboretum trees and landscapes through the cycling of days and seasons, further underlined by the \"Little Planet\" square-format images in which panoramas are curved back on themselves to create circular images that reflect the cycles of the earth itself.","84160":"Join us for a winter foraging walk to learn what wild plants can be foraged and brewed into tea. Visit some of the Arboretum's tastiest winter plants, from sweet birch and sweet fern to sassafras and spicebush. You may even get to taste some of the teas yourself! Led by Manager of Adult Programming and Events Sarah Nechamen and Horticulturist Brendan Keegan.","84172":"Horticulturists use grafting to fuse together different plants, taking positive traits from each to create maximum disease resistance, drought tolerance, and more. Join Greenhouse Assistant Manager of Plant Production Chris Copeland to learn how grafting works and why we do it, including a walk around the landscape and greenhouses to find graft unions-- both those created by Arboretum staff and those that have occurred naturally. We will end the class with a chance to see Chris and his grafting tools in action, as he dices and splices plants together using a variety of grafting techniques.","84591":"We invite you to participate in a one-day Courage to Teach\u00ae retreat experience for Boston Public School teachers and teachers in the greater Boston area. Based on the work of Parker J. Palmer, Courage to Teach\u00ae is rooted in the belief that good teaching flows from the identity and integrity of the teacher. This professional development opportunity focuses on renewing the inner lives and well-being of educators. You will experience invitations, alone and together with other educators, to reflect on your life and teaching through an exploration of the natural world, woven together with insights from poets, storytellers, mindfulness, and the arts.","85842":"Did you know that flowers bloom at the Arboretum even in the depths of winter? Witch-hazels bloom in vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows across the landscape, giving a beautiful pop of color amidst the winter greys and whites. Join us on a tour and be ready to step off the path to admire the flowers of our native witch-hazels, as well as those from China and Japan.","85850":"Did you know that flowers bloom at the Arboretum even in the depths of winter? Witch-hazels bloom in vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows across the landscape, giving a beautiful pop of color amidst the winter greys and whites. Join us on a tour and be ready to step off the path to admire the flowers of our native witch-hazels, as well as those from China and Japan.","85856":"Did you know that flowers bloom at the Arboretum even in the depths of winter? Witch-hazels bloom in vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows across the landscape, giving a beautiful pop of color amidst the winter greys and whites. Join us on a tour and be ready to step off the path to admire the flowers of our native witch-hazels, as well as those from China and Japan.","85866":"Hundreds of mushrooms hide beneath the Arboretum\u2019s canopies, silently blossoming into unique forms then withering away again just as quickly. Join local mushroom enthusiast Maria Pinto to search for these fascinating organisms on the Arboretum grounds, both edible and poisonous alike. Along the way you will learn what mushrooms to look for in different habitats and seasons, how they move through ecosystems, and what the Arboretum\u2019s unique collections affect what mushrooms you might find here.\u00a0\u00a0","85874":"In 2021, Arboretum staff started transforming a large swath of grass next to the Weld Hill Research Building into the thriving pollinator meadow that it is today. Join Horticulturist Brendan Keegan, the main caretaker for this space, to learn how to make this transformation with your own lawn. This primarily indoor class will cover how to remove your current turfgrass, select the right plants, plant your meadow, and keep it flourishing for years to come.","85900":"Dusk is a perfect time to look and listen for Great Horned Owls, often heard calling throughout the Arboretum\u2019s collections. Join Horticulturist Brendan Keegan and Zoo New England's Matthew Kamm to hear about the owls' breeding and nesting behavior, learn how to go owling ethically, and possibly hear and see a few owls as well. ","85909":"Bring your enthusiasm for the natural world and leave with a creative nature journal, inspired by the trees of the Arnold Arboretum. Nature journaling is all about expressing your curiosity and wonder through sketching, calligraphy, writing, or other forms of art-making. Tap into your creativity and let yourself be surprised by the diversity of forms on display in the winter landscape.","85928":"What is a conifer, exactly? How is it different from an evergreen, or a gymnosperm? Join docent Paul Eldrenkamp as he leads us through the different types of conifers and how to identify them, the reasons behind their distinctive needle-like forms, and their rise and fall in evolutionary history.","85937":"Dusk is a perfect time to look and listen for Great Horned Owls, often heard calling throughout the Arboretum\u2019s collections. Join Horticulturist Brendan Keegan to hear about the owls' breeding and nesting behavior, learn how to go owling ethically, and possibly hear and see a few owls as well. ","85967":"Join us for a bird walk designed for a blind or visually impaired audience. This program is co-led by Jerry Berrier, a blind birder who has been birding by ear for over 50 years, and Brendan Keegan, an Arboretum Horticulturist and naturalist. Together, Jerry and Brendan will reveal the birds of the Arboretum through detailed verbal descriptions and by teaching participants the art of birding by ear.","86246":"Join Arborist Apprentice Delia Mahoney and Gardener Maren Gunning for a class on chainsaw maintenance and safety, designed specifically for women. Learn how to develop safe work habits, use proper PPE, maintain your chainsaw, and make effective cuts. The class will also cover the ergonomics of chainsaw use for women, so that you can wield a chainsaw without acute or repetitive strain injuries. ","86289":"Join Head Arborist John Del Rosso for an interactive workshop on chainsaw maintenance and safety. Designed for professionals and gardeners with some chainsaw experience, you will learn how to best maintain your chainsaw, make effective felling cuts and tension cuts, use proper PPE, and develop safe work habits.","86866":"Did you know that flowers bloom at the Arboretum even in the depths of winter? Witch-hazels bloom in vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows across the landscape, giving a beautiful pop of color amidst the winter greys and whites. Join us on a tour and be ready to step off the path to admire the flowers of our native witch-hazels, as well as those from China and Japan.","86872":"Did you know that flowers bloom at the Arboretum even in the depths of winter? Witch-hazels bloom in vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows across the landscape, giving a beautiful pop of color amidst the winter greys and whites. Join us on a tour and be ready to step off the path to admire the flowers of our native witch-hazels, as well as those from China and Japan.","86951":"Take in the sights and sounds of the arboretum under the light of a full moon. Facilitator Bob Linscott will lead the group through some mindfulness in nature practices as we meander along the paved road to our final nighttime viewing location on top of Bussey Hill.","86974":"Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the father of landscape architecture, designed some 500 public spaces in North America. The Arnold Arboretum, the only arboretum he designed, is a National Historic Landmark and a model for others around the world. Arboretum docent, Bill Beizer, will identify the elements of the Arnold Arboretum that best reflect Olmsted's philosophy and approach to landscape design.","86987":"Embark on a birdwatching walk in the Arboretum's landscape with birder and wildlife photographer Michael Bryant, AKA Nature Man Mike. This two-hour walk is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced birders. Binoculars will be available to borrow on a first-come-first-serve basis, but you are encouraged to bring your own!","87005":"The Arboretum's Herbarium contains over 100 thousand dried and preserved plants, and almost half were taken from the Arboretum's own collections. These Herbarium specimens offer a blast from the past for these historic trees, and this unique program offers a chance to see both ends of the timeline: we will begin inside the Herbarium with a look at historical specimens from decades ago, and then head outside to see the trees they grew into.","87028":"Join us for a tour of the Arboretum, designed for a blind or visually impaired audience. Tour seasonal plant highlights and learn about Arboretum history from a trained docent, as you experience the Arboretum through smell, touch, sound, and detailed verbal descriptions.","87128":"Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the father of landscape architecture, designed some 500 public spaces in North America. The Arnold Arboretum, the only arboretum he designed, is a National Historic Landmark and a model for others around the world. Arboretum docent, Bill Beizer, will identify the elements of the Arnold Arboretum that best reflect Olmsted's philosophy and approach to landscape design.","87141":"Take in the sights and sounds of the arboretum under the light of a full moon. Facilitator Bob Linscott will lead the group through some mindfulness in nature practices as we meander along the paved road to our final nighttime viewing location on top of Bussey Hill.","87174":"Did you know you can eat parts of the magnolia tree? What about stinging nettle? Join local foraging expert Tyler Akabane for a plant foraging walk to look for wild edibles in the Arboretum landscape, and learn how to identify and safely prepare a wide variety of wild edible plants.","87355":"Make beautiful cards and prints using the alternative photography method known as Cyanotype. Participants will collect leaves and seeds in the landscape and arrange them on special paper to create a deep blue print with bright, ghost-white silhouettes. This historic photography method, otherwise known as blueprints (sunprints), is one of the earliest forms of photography, and offers participants the ability to perform something that seems like magic.","87368":"Birders, beginning and experienced, are invited to join Bob Mayer on a two-hour walk from the main Arborway Gate. Come see the wide array of birds that make the Arboretum their home, and admire the Arboretum's woody plant collections along the way.","87383":"April is National Native Plant Month, and the Arboretum is teeming with native plants: redbuds, azaleas, oaks, maples, even herbaceous plants like cattails. Join Horticulturist Brendan Keegan for a walk to see the Arboretum's native plants, explore their value to the ecosystem, and learn which woody natives to pick for landscaping your own yard or garden.","87398":"In April, flowers are just starting to emerge from the trees and shrubs of the Arboretum: cherry trees, dogwood, redbuds, and magnolias are all blooming this time of year. Join Arboretum docent Paul Eldrenkamp to see, smell, and learn about these early spring blooms! ","87409":"Hundreds of mushrooms hide beneath the Arboretum\u2019s canopies, silently blossoming into unique forms then withering away again just as quickly. Join local mushroom enthusiast Maria Pinto to search for these fascinating organisms on the Arboretum grounds, both edible and poisonous alike. Along the way you will learn what mushrooms to look for in different habitats and seasons, how they move through ecosystems, and what the Arboretum\u2019s unique collections affect what mushrooms you might find here.\u00a0\u00a0","87418":"Birders, beginning and experienced, are invited to join Bob Mayer on a two-hour walk from the main Arborway Gate. Come see the wide array of birds that make the Arboretum their home, and admire the Arboretum's woody plant collections along the way.","87430":"Experience the springtime bloom of our renowned lilac collection with Lilac Sunday, offering fun, free explorations for the entire family. The event features ongoing tours of the Arboretum\u2019s lilacs and other plant collections, as well as guided meditations,\u00a0art, family activities, and picnicking on this day only. Visitors may also enjoy a host of self-guided tours, including a lilac tour, via the Arboretum website and its Expeditions app. ","87467":"The Arnold is considered the \"Mother Arboretum\" for the modern crabapple, with over 50 species and 91 cultivars represented throughout the landscape. Join Assistant Curator of Living Collections Miles Sax for a tour of the flowering crabapples on Peters Hill as they reach peak bloom during the month of May, and learn about the history and conservation of this fascinating collection.","87478":"Birders, beginning and experienced, are invited to join Bob Mayer on a two-hour walk from the main Arborway Gate. Come see the wide array of birds that make the Arboretum their home, and admire the Arboretum's woody plant collections along the way.","87487":"The Arboretum is full of plants that can be used to make alcohol. We have the classics like grapes, hops, and juniper, as well as ingredients for more obscure liquors and liqueurs like sweet birch, bamboo, spruce, and sassafras. Join Manager of Adult Programming and Events Sarah Nechamen for a walk to explore these plants and the spirits they create.","87513":"Slow down and awaken your senses on a guided therapeutic experience in the Arnold Arboretum. Forest Bathing, inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, is a restorative sensory exploration and part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization. All the prompts, invitations, sharing and ways of participating are optional and open to interpretation.","87543":"Some of the easiest wild edible plants to find are the ones we pull out of our gardens all the time: weeds! Lamsquarters, chickweed, purslane, wood sorrel, and more-- all edible and all extremely common, both in our backyards and in urban wilds across the city. And the Arboretum's Bussey Brook Meadow is the perfect habitat for these weedy plants, so join Sarah Nechamen, Manager of Adult Education and Events, for a walk through the meadow to learn how to find, identify, and prepare these edible weeds.","87562":"Join docent Lisa Gaquin for a brisk early morning walk along the inside perimeter of the Arboretum. This walk will be fast-paced, energetic, and will involve walking over hills and rough terrain. Note that this is not a traditional tour: you may hear some information about individual trees and history, but the main goal is to get outside and get some exercise! Bring good walking shoes, water, and walking poles if desired.","87580":"Lilacs are blooming in the Arboretum throughout the month of May, not only on Lilac Sunday! Join our enthusiastic docents on a 45-minute amble up the hill from the ponds to see the lilacs, enjoy their scents, and hear the stories of the many different lilacs in our collection.","87618":"Almost all of the plants in the Arboretum begin their lives in the Dana Greenhouses. Join greenhouse staff for a behind-the-scenes look of the greenhouse growing process, from seed to sprout to seedling to tree.","87711":"Unwind with this weekly evening meditation under the shade of the linden collection. Facilitator Bob Linscott will guide the group through 30 minutes of mindfulness and meditation designed to help you de-stress and connect with the natural world.","87728":"Nature has the power to evoke calm and beauty when we can step out of our hectic lives. This immersive experience in the Arnold Arboretum will invite participants to meander through the arboretum, stopping for several guided mindfulness practices to deepen their connection with the natural world. This will be a guided experience with some periods of silence. No experience with mindfulness or meditation necessary.","88722":"Boston is expected to experience a partial eclipse on April 8, and where better to see it than the summit of Peters Hill, the Arboretum's tallest hill and one of the highest points in Boston? Join docent Kevin Schofield for a tour of Peters Hill, home to white pines, dawn redwoods, bamboo, ginkgoes, larches, and a truly magnificent crabapple collection. The tour will end at the summit, where you will get a chance to view the partial eclipse through eclipse-safe sunglasses provided by the Arboretum.","89665":"Join us for a Tree Mob on Winter Hazel as it bursts into bloom in the Centre Street beds. This attractive shrub is easy to maintain and makes a wonderful landscape plant, so join Horticulturist Ryan Devlin on March 29th to learn about this beautiful witch-hazel relative.","89228":"","89820":"Come celebrate Japanese culture amongst the Arboretum's beautiful cherry blossoms, with Taiko drumming by local band KM2 and calligraphy and Japanese games by the Showa Boston Institute. The Taiko drumming will be taking place from 6:00-6:30, with Showa activities before and after. ","90390":"Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the father of landscape architecture, designed some 500 public spaces in North America. The Arnold Arboretum, the only arboretum he designed, is a National Historic Landmark and a model for others around the world. Arboretum docent, Bill Beizer, will identify the elements of the Arnold Arboretum that best reflect Olmsted's philosophy and approach to landscape design.","90518":"Find out how tree planting works at the Arnold Arboretum and look on as Arboretum staff plant an Eastern Redbud, a tree the Arbor Day Foundation calls the \"harbinger of spring\" due to its early-blooming pink flowers. From collecting the seed, to growing the tree in our greenhouses, to finally planting the tree and taking care of it throughout its young life, a lot of work goes in to tree planting here at the Arboretum. Horticulture staff Rowan Payne-Meyer and Ryan Devlin will talk us through the process as we celebrate Arbor Day by planting one of our own beautiful Redbud trees.","91719":"Join Arboretum Director Ned Friedman for a tour of the spruce collection to see a rainbow of young cones at their peak.","91954":"One of the earliest viburnums to bloom in the Arboretum, Viburnum furcatum or scarlet leaved viburnum is full of interesting and unique botany, biogeography, and history. Join Keeper of the Living Collections Michael Dosmann for a Tree Mob to learn about this fascinating and beautiful plant.","92503":"Celebrate summertime with Candy O'Terry and Colleen Esposito, mother-daughter co-authors of the illustrated children's book Nelson's Garden. Best described as a partially true, mostly made-up story, Nelson's Garden is about a man named Nelson McNutt from Weston, Massachusetts, and two little girls with a summer wish to learn how to grow a garden. Book readings at 2:15 and 3:15 will also include songs, a table-sized garden mural coloring project, and more. ","93856":"Join the Arnold Arboretum\u2019s Director William (Ned) Friedman for a guided tour of the Arboretum, designed for those with dementia and their caregivers. Connect with nature, view seasonal plant highlights, and enjoy the beautiful flowers of the Arboretum in late spring.","93979":"When the sun sets and darkness settles on the Arboretum for the night, every now and then the dark is interrupted by the flash of a firefly. Join Professor Adam South of Tufts University for an evening Firefly Walk to learn about the lives of the fireflies that live here, the mechanics of how they light up, and how these unique insects are being impacted by pesticides and light pollution.","94002":"Unwind with this weekly evening meditation under the shade of the linden collection. Facilitator Bob Linscott will guide the group through 30 minutes of mindfulness and meditation designed to help you de-stress and connect with the natural world.","94025":"La naturaleza tiene el poder de evocar la tranquilidad y la belleza cuando conseguimos alejarnos de nuestras ajetreadas vidas.\u00a0 Esta experiencia de inmersi\u00f3n en el Arnold Arboretum dura dos horas y media e invita a los participantes a pasearse por el Arboretum, deteni\u00e9ndose para praticar varias experiencias guiadas de conciencia plena con el fin de profundizar la conexi\u00f3n con el mundo natural.\u00a0 Esta experiencia ser\u00e1 guiada y haran algunos periodos de silencio. No es necesario tener experiencia con la conciencia plena o con la meditaci\u00f3n.","94119":"Embark on a birdwatching walk in the Arboretum's landscape with docent and birder Donna Sullivan. This two-hour walk is suitable for adult beginners as well as more experienced birders. 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All events at the Arboretum are free.

Monthly Weekly Daily List
May 2024
A group of people sits in a forest grove

Forest Bathing Sold Out

Slow down and awaken your senses on a guided therapeutic experience in the Arnold Arboretum. Forest Bathing, inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, is a restorative sensory exploration and part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization. All the prompts, invitations, sharing and ways of participating are optional and open to interpretation.
26 May
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bussey Street Gate
7VWC+HQ7 Boston, Massachusetts
3 women walk down a long forest path

Morning Fitness Walk

Join docent Lisa Gaquin for a brisk early morning walk along the inside perimeter of the Arboretum. This walk will be fast-paced, energetic, and will involve walking over hills and rough terrain. Note that this is not a traditional tour: you may hear some information about individual trees and history, but the main goal is to get outside and get some exercise! Bring good walking shoes, water, and walking poles if desired.
29 May
8:00 am - 9:30 am
in front of the Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA
Photo of chickweed: small pointed leaves with small white flowers

Foraging for Edible Weeds Sold Out

Some of the easiest wild edible plants to find are the ones we pull out of our gardens all the time: weeds! Lamsquarters, chickweed, purslane, wood sorrel, and more-- all edible and all extremely common, both in our backyards and in urban wilds across the city. And the Arboretum's Bussey Brook Meadow is the perfect habitat for these weedy plants, so join Sarah Nechamen, Manager of Adult Education and Events, for a walk through the meadow to learn how to find, identify, and prepare these edible weeds.
29 May
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Washington Street Gate
7VXM+VXC Boston, Massachusetts
June 2024
House Finch. Photograph by Bob Mayer.

Birding at the Arboretum

Embark on a birdwatching walk in the Arboretum's landscape with docent and birder Donna Sullivan. This two-hour walk is suitable for adult beginners as well as more experienced birders. Bring binoculars if you have them!
02 Jun
8:00 am - 10:00 am
in front of the Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA
Animated image of person sitting cross legged in front of a tree

Meditation Mondays

Unwind with this weekly evening meditation under the shade of the linden collection. Facilitator Bob Linscott will guide the group through 30 minutes of mindfulness and meditation designed to help you de-stress and connect with the natural world.
03 Jun
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Linden Grove
8V3H+V8C Boston, Massachusetts
Fireflies in a field with a stone path running through it

Finding Fireflies

When the sun sets and darkness settles on the Arboretum for the night, every now and then the dark is interrupted by the flash of a firefly. Join Professor Adam South of Tufts University for an evening Firefly Walk to learn about the lives of the fireflies that live here, the mechanics of how they light up, and how these unique insects are being impacted by pesticides and light pollution.
06 Jun
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Peters Hill Gate
7VWC+HQ7 Boston, Massachusetts
Animated image of person sitting cross legged in front of a tree

Meditation Mondays

Unwind with this weekly evening meditation under the shade of the linden collection. Facilitator Bob Linscott will guide the group through 30 minutes of mindfulness and meditation designed to help you de-stress and connect with the natural world.
10 Jun
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Linden Grove
8V3H+V8C Boston, Massachusetts
3 women walk down a long forest path

Morning Fitness Walk

Join docent Lisa Gaquin for a brisk early morning walk along the inside perimeter of the Arboretum. This walk will be fast-paced, energetic, and will involve walking over hills and rough terrain. Note that this is not a traditional tour: you may hear some information about individual trees and history, but the main goal is to get outside and get some exercise! Bring good walking shoes, water, and walking poles if desired.
12 Jun
8:00 am - 9:30 am
in front of the Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA
Small group of people sitting on a grassy field

Meditación deambulante: bilingüe en español e inglés // Meandering Meditation: bilingual in Spanish and English

La naturaleza tiene el poder de evocar la tranquilidad y la belleza cuando conseguimos alejarnos de nuestras ajetreadas vidas.  Esta experiencia de inmersión en el Arnold Arboretum dura dos horas y media e invita a los participantes a pasearse por el Arboretum, deteniéndose para praticar varias experiencias guiadas de conciencia plena con el fin de profundizar la conexión con el mundo natural.  Esta experiencia será guiada y haran algunos periodos de silencio. No es necesario tener experiencia con la conciencia plena o con la meditación.
15 Jun
9:00 am - 11:30 am
in front of the Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA
Animated image of person sitting cross legged in front of a tree

Meditation Mondays

Unwind with this weekly evening meditation under the shade of the linden collection. Facilitator Bob Linscott will guide the group through 30 minutes of mindfulness and meditation designed to help you de-stress and connect with the natural world.
17 Jun
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Linden Grove
8V3H+V8C Boston, Massachusetts
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